Jack White is a god. Lazaretto, his latest release, is an absolute rocking listen right from the get-go. Released in the last fortnight, it has had rave reviews from all over the world and has been featured on triple j. From the overdriven guitar lines to the rollicking twelve bar blues piano and simple lyrics, there is definitely something here for everybody to enjoy.
Always one for quirky instrumentation and sounds, from the very first listen of this disc I was enticed by ‘Lazaretto’, ‘Three Women’ and ‘That Black Cat Licorice’. If you haven’t picked this disc up yet, you definitely should because it is a stellar set of songs. It’s quite a mash-up of all of White’s projects, and if you listen closely you can hear elements of White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
He headlined Bonnaroo a couple of weeks ago and played an intense two-and-a-half hour set of tunes. For fans and music fanatics around Australia, I hope that with this release he returns to our shores soon. ‘Would You Fight For My Love’ is the closest track on the album to showing characteristics of light and shade, as well as that raucous growl of White’s Gretsch electric guitar.
No complaints here – check this disc out and get acquainted with Lazaretto today.
Out now through Third Man Records
Written by Tex Miller